"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."- Roald Dahl
This week will start by finishing the movie or at least our written analysis of it. I am really curious to see what they observed and critique about the decisions the director made in his adaptations of the book.
This week we will also begin our literary analysis over the dystopia books. The students will create their plan for the analysis and jot to gather evidence for their essay. The essays will be written upon our return in January. Therefore, if they do not complete their work in class this week, they will have that homework to do on the break. Many students' jots on their books probably as the evidence they want to use, so they just need to organize them.
I will meet with every book group one last time briefly focussing on gathering their evidence for their literary analysis and understanding the prompts for the essay.
In addition, I will present the books they will read in their third quarter historical fiction unit. Students will be reading a pairing of a historical fiction book with a nonfiction book that helps the students understand the historical facts behind the time period in the book. These book choices will be due on Friday. The nonfiction book will be provided by me, but the historical fiction book may need to be acquired.
Finally, the historical fiction unit starts with an interview your child will conduct with a family member over break. The students must interview an adult on a historical event that the adult experienced. The historical topic will then be researched for an information article for a middle school student AND then the students will take the historical topic and make into a picture book for a third grade student. Please try and not present 9/11 since so many of the students already have some knowledge about the event.
All of this work is located on this portal if you would like to see it or if your child forgets t o bring it home. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Mrs. Becky Leffler GMSS seventh grade language arts email: email@example.com homework portal: lefflerr.weebly.com